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US Stocks Close Mixed Tuesday          04/13 16:10

   A choppy day of trading on Wall Street ended with indexes mixed Tuesday as a 
drop in bond yields hurt bank stocks but helped big technology companies.

   (AP) -- A choppy day of trading on Wall Street ended with indexes mixed 
Tuesday as a drop in bond yields hurt bank stocks but helped big technology 

   The S&P 500 rose 0.3% after briefly slipping into the red in the early 
going. The modest gain nudged the benchmark index to an all-time high. 
Technology stocks and companies that rely on consumer spending helped lift the 
broad market index. The gains were tempered by a pullback in banks, industrial 
companies and other stocks.

   Johnson & Johnson fell 1.3% after U.S. regulators recommended a pause in 
using its single-dose COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of possibly 
dangerous blood clots. Moderna, which also makes a COVID-19 vaccine, climbed 

   Worries about the potential loss of a vaccine option also pulled down 
companies that are counting on pandemic restrictions easing, though the losses 
eased by the end of the day. American Airlines slipped 1.5% and Delta Air Lines 
fell 1.1%.

   The broader market has been mostly notching gains this month, reflecting 
cautious optimism among investors that the economy will strengthen and 
corporate profits will improve as the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine 
paves the way for businesses to more fully reopen. A pause in the distribution 
of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine isn't going to derail that, analysts said.

   "The response today has been very muted and isolated," said, Scott Knapp, 
chief market strategist at CUNA Mutual Group. "Markets don't expect lockdowns. 
The recovery may be delayed, but not a return to pandemic conditions."

   The market's initial sell-off on the J&J news was "a bit of an 
overreaction," said Jay Hatfield, CEO of Infrastructure Capital Management.

   "We had a dress rehearsal for this last week because there was a huge 
disruption to the J&J supply and nobody seemed to care," Hatfield said. 
"Clearly, the recovery is not dependent on J&J significantly."

   The S&P 500 rose 13.60 points to 4,141.59. The Dow Jones Industrial Average 
fell 68.13 points, or 0.2%, to 33,677.27. The Nasdaq gained 146.10 points, or 
1.1%, to 13,996.10. The divergence between the Dow and Nasdaq was largely due 
to the fact the Dow has more bank stocks and also includes Johnson & Johnson, 
while the Nasdaq is heavily weighted with technology companies.

   Small company stocks also lost ground. The Russell 2000 index of smaller 
companies gave up 4.86 points, or 0.2%, to 2,228.92.

   The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury fell to to 1.62% from 1.67% the day 
before. JPMorgan Chase fell 1.2% and Wells Fargo lost 2.4%.

   Investors will get a chance to look over the books of the big banks starting 
Wednesday, when JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo report their quarterly results. 
Bank of America and Citigroup report their results on Thursday.

   Big technology stocks, which have fallen when bond yields have risen, closed 
solidly higher. Apple rose 2.4% and Microsoft gained 1%. Technology stocks rose 
sharply in 2020 as investors bet that stay-at-home Americans would shift even 
more to online buying and electronic entertainment to keep themselves busy in 
the pandemic.

   Investors had little reaction to a report that showed U.S. consumer prices 
increased a sharp 0.6% in March, the most since 2012, while inflation over the 
past year rose a sizable 2.6%. The big gains are expected to be a temporary 
blip and not a sign that long dormant inflation pressures were emerging. The 
index rose 0.4% in February.

   The Fed has been trying to reassure markets that any increase in inflation 
would be temporary as the economy recovers.

   "It looks like the market is starting to internalize that point of view," 
Knapp said.

   Traders in cryptocurrencies pushed up the price of Bitcoin above $63,000 for 
the first time Tuesday. It rose 5.3% to $63,179.98, according to the tracking 
site CoinDesk. The rally comes as cryptocurrency exchange and digital wallet 
operator Coinbase is set to make its stock market debut Wednesday.

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